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This unique photo collection includes a stunning array of vintage cameras, some of which were ingeniously hidden in everyday objects.
 

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As the United States expanded westward in the early 1800s, the trade in American bison fur, skin, and meat began to flourish across the Great Plains. By the 1860s, these iconic animals had roamed…
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The beginning of the 19th century was marked by the consequences of the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. This period saw a departure from the elaborate styles of the late 18th…
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This incredible facial hair not only won people's hearts but also secured his place in history as he held the record for the longest beard ever grown in France.

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There is a creature hidden in the heart of the Gobi Desert which is as mysterious as it is scary, which the locals know as the Mongolian Death Worm.
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Join us as we embark on a journey through the world of amazing weather phenomena. From the awe-inspiring dance of the Northern Lights to the dramatic wrath of tornadoes, the wonders of nature never…
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Welcome to the mysterious realm of the Bohemian Grove, where ancient redwoods tell tales of mysteries, myths, and conspiracy theories. Nestled amidst the tranquil forests of California, this secluded…
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Welcome to the fascinating world of the Amish community, where traditions and beliefs that have been passed down for centuries often surprise, confuse, and sometimes even shock outsiders.…

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 Step into the musical time machine and embark on a whimsical adventure through the fantastical world of one-hit wonders of the 1960s and 1970s.

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More than a century ago, in the middle of bustling Hollywood Boulevard, a man with a dream and a passion for shoes opened a small, unassuming shop. Salvatore Ferragamo's journey began here, but his…
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 Few things are as gratifying as a trip down memory lane – and it's even better when you find something you hadn't noticed before. Because as Ferris Bueller said – life moves too fast…

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 English inventor Sir Henry Bessemer, famous for his groundbreaking steelmaking process, which still bears his name, once lamented, "Few men suffer more seriously from seasickness than…

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The Bide administration has finalized energy efficiency regulations for distribution transformers, a key component of managing the flow of electricity between power stations and…

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The Biden administration came under fire from lawmakers on Tuesday over the lack of congressional approval to conduct military strikes against Yemen’s Houthis and defend foreign ships in the Red…

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A Taliban official said journalists were committing "a major sin" by taking pictures, Afghan media reported on Wednesday.

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A nearly balanced market in the first half of the year and seasonal strengthening of demand in the second half are set to push the price of Brent Crude to $88 per barrel by the end of 2024, according to analysts at Deutsche Bank.

“We look for continued OPEC+ discipline in a nearly balanced market for H1, and seasonal strength in H2,” the bank’s strategists wrote in a note on Wednesday carried by FXStreet.

With the OPEC+ cuts in the first half of 2024, Deutsche Bank sees little upside to its H1 forecast of $83 per barrel Brent.

“The first possibility of relaxation of OPEC+ supply cuts will be in Q3 against a backdrop of tighter balances and higher prices, underpinned by seasonal strength,” the bank’s analysts wrote.

Early on Wednesday, Brent Crude was marginally down by 0.05% at $82.34 a barrel as of 9:00 a.m. EST, while the U.S. benchmark, WTI Crude, traded slightly higher by 0.04% at $77.06.

Oil prices fell this week amid concerns about slowing economies and anxiety that the start of easing of the U.S. interest rates could take longer than previously expected.

But geopolitical flare-ups and the disruption to commercial shipping in the Red Sea have been lending support to oil prices in recent weeks.  

“The ongoing concerns over a slowdown in global consumption (especially from China) are capping any major upside in oil prices,” ING’s commodity strategists Warren Patterson and Ewa Manthey wrote on Wednesday

Claire's Observations; I am hoping that this DB analysis holds true as the year progresses; but were I you, I would consider, when the car gets to the half-way indicator on the dash, to fill it again; The kinds of geopolitical disruptions which can cause gas to spike, or be just unavailable, can happen in a heartbeat.